2015 Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru Joseph Drouhin
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The Marquis de Laguiche plot is 2 hectares at the eastern end of le Montrachet. Planted in 5 blocks to keep a harmonious age of vines across the total area - and one has been pulled up and re-planted, so there's a bit less than when all is in production. A deep colour, greener than the Corton Charlemagne. Both big and delicate. Structured, full of power and intensity, yet all controlled in rather majestic way - balanced, pure, very long - and clearly a complete baby. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 L&S (Nov 2016)
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An impressive mix of peach, citronella, honey, butter and baking spice flavors are matched to a creamy texture in this opulent white, backed by a lively structure, terrific harmony and a long, smooth aftertaste that echoes the fruit, honey and spice notes. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 95-95 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator(Aug 2018)
Rating: 97 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2018)
Palish bright yellow. Knockout nose combines very ripe pear, exotic hints of orange oil and tangerine, and oak and menthol notes, with a crushed-stone element emerging with aeration. Tactile, thick and fairly dry; less showy in the early going than the Clos des Mouches, boasting a firm acid/mineral spine for the year. A note of mandarin zest gives the powerful, gripping finish a touch of positive bitterness. With its 14% alcohol, this large-scaled, energetic wine is a bit inscrutable today. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 93+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Sep 2017)
Rating: 18+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Feb 2017)
The Laguiche parcel of Montrachet, located on the Puligny-Montrachet side, runs to a mindboggling two hectares (imagine what that’s worth). This proves that class will out, even in very warm vintages: rich and textured it may be, with an overlay of scented oak, but the acidity, focus and palate length are remarkable. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 97 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2017)
Elegant, rather than as concentrated as the Corton-Charlemagne. Very savoury and opens up rather gloriously on the end, but at the moment it's not a knockout. Perhaps it should have been served before the massively dense Corton-Charlemagne? Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2017)
The 2015 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru was stubbornly backward and broody on the nose: hints of yellow flower and struck flint. Nosing this felt like I was disturbing its prenatal slumber. The palate had more to say. It is well balanced with a brush of honey on the entry, a keen thread of acidity, a hint of spice with a composed yet straight-laced finish that I find less expressive than the Corton-Charlemagne at the moment. Let's see how this turns out in bottle. It's a Montrachet, though that does not necessarily mean it is Drouhin's finest white this vintage. Drinking range: 2020 - 2038 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2016)
Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all Drouhin's wines come from their own domaine, but most of the other wines do come from long-term contracts, such as exists with the Marquis de Laguiche wines. In all but name these wines are 'Domaine' wines, and the vineyards are cared for and the wines vinified with exactly the same care.
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